Online course aims to teach college students about prescription drug dangers

More than 33,000 U.S. college freshmen during the 2017–18 academic year completed EVERFI's prescription drug safety course, which is requisite at some higher learning institutions. The curriculum educates students about the therapeutic advantages as well as perils of opioids, depressants, and stimulants.

More than 33,000 U.S. college freshmen during the 2017–18 academic year completed EVERFI's prescription drug safety course, which is requisite at some higher learning institutions. The curriculum educates students about the therapeutic advantages as well as perils of opioids, depressants, and stimulants. The highly interactive course also allows enrollees to explore real-life scenarios they might encounter at school. "Students feel more prepared to intervene when they see a sign of [drug] abuse, and more importantly, students now know where to go on campus for additional resources and support should they be struggling with an abuse issue or have a friend struggling with addiction," says Jennifer Hoffman of EVERFI, which also offers programming on alcohol prevention and sexual assault prevention. The Association for Accessible Medicines is providing free access to the new prescription drug class to any college that would like to offer it.

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